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Talascend Reviews

Updated March 27, 2014
Updated March 27, 2014
11 Reviews

3.9
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    My experience has been a great learning experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Desktop Administrative  in  Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Desktop Administrative in Richardson, TX

    Pros

    Pay range, leadership, company values and leadership

    Cons

    perks and personal growth work balance and timing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Field Engineer Mechanical

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer Mechanical  in  Monticello, MN
    Former Employee - Field Engineer Mechanical in Monticello, MN

    Pros

    Made work go smoothly. Checked equipment and problems

    Cons

    Temporary jobs. Job was contract and short term and a long way from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Problems and ways to fix equipment

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get it in writing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Quick onboarding process. Great response from recruiters during communication.

    Cons

    Come across as shady at times. Very open when discussing salary at the beginning, but clear information regarding vacation and benefits is not given until after employment offer has been accepted. Lesson Learned! Three weeks vacation agreed to verbally, but offer packet simply says "Vacation Policy for Hourly Deployed Employees" which I later found out meant they include 8 vacation hours following a 260 straight time hours worked.
    Bottom line, ask questions, and get it in writing!

    Benefits very expensive.

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  5.  

    Great place!
    Great people!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Company culture is one of empowerment. CEO is truly one of the most kind, genuine people you will ever meet. He truly cares about all of his employees. He is always available to listen. Always room for growth and advancement, you can create your own destiny.

    Cons

    Cost of benefits is a little high, but year on year all companies are experiencing the increased cost of healthcare in the US.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very Good Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Offers benefit packages to temporary employees which most staffing companies do not do.
    Sr Management is active on a day to day basis in operating the business and is approachable to staff employees.
    Sr Management Team works well together.
    CEO knows everyone by their first name.
    New structure within the recruiting function allows for promotional opportunities.
    The Incentive comp plans are excellent for recruiters and sales reps.
    Management listens.
    Management takes action when appropriate.

    Cons

    Nature of the business has become complex as the company offers customized solutions for its clients.
    While there are flexible work schedules (staggered in and out times) some employees still want to be able to work at home all day practically every day or want Fridays off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advise to Sr Management - Keep up the good work. You pulled through some very rough years reinventing the company so to speak.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people were very nice

    Cons

    Benefit costs for the employee are through the roof

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing if you Recruit other than General Labor, Admin, or Light Industrial

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    Location of the office is pretty good
    Good place for entry-level or new Recruiters to learn the business
    Lots of opportunities to fill low-margin positions ($2-$4/hr gross profit)
    If you like the "old school" Recruiter office environment, it's perfect

    Cons

    High volume, low margin business model.
    Seem to be over satisfied with sub-vendor buisness rather than developing business with decision makers (engineering)
    Too many Salespeople are too timid considering the competitive technical marketplace
    Your comissions earned on Contract placements go back to the "house" after one year...you are "cut off" even if your people are still working on Contract

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. I have my opinions (above) but it's not my place to tell Managment how to run their business.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough few years but we've come out on top!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Troy, MI

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule-allowed to work from home when children are sick, good hours to still get home to have family time

    Salary, commission and bonus-if you're a good recruiter you'll be rewarded here. They also have started a President, Chairman's and CEO's Club where you can qualify fo pretty exotic trips. Examples are the Banyan Tree Resort in Riviera Maya, San Fransisco and Napa California.

    Top Management-has taken back the reins for company. They listen and really care about all employees. The Presdident is very in touch with whats going on and you'll hear from him-for better or worse!

    Employees-those of use who've made it through the economic downturn really feel close. These people are experts and have many many years of staffing expience behind them.

    Cons

    Career Growth-very limited for recruiters if you're not interested in sales

    Communication between sales and recruiters is always tricky

    Intake Meetings-lack of thorough intake meetings from sales leads to disgruntled recruiters and hiring managers.

    Technology-They use Bullhorn which has some serious limitations

    Training-no chance for further education of training, can do the same job for years and years

    Prior Management-very poor, disorganized and lacked ability to implement their grand strategy. I think this has been corrected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that we've come out of the downturn in economy, put together a plan to grow your people. Very few opportunities to train, learn new things-job can get stale year after year. Keep bringing in the large projects, great chance to develop your recruiters but think about what comes after that for them in their career.

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible customer service- the employee being the customer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional
    Current Employee - Professional

    Pros

    They do get the payroll out on time, found one employee in general in payroll that goes to the extreme to help you out when you have questions/issues.

    Cons

    They court you very well until you sign the papers, then you never hear from them again. Local rep is non existent, as long as they are collecting their commission they don't care how the job is going. Where I am placed there are same type jobs staffed by other companies that give a much better benefit package. If you have any problems that you require Talascend mgm't input you always get referred back to the area rep, even though you do not get timely answers from them. Better staffing companies out there, check out your options before signing up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the company benefit plan to better suit the type/level of employees you are trying to recruit. When you have employees away from the MI office make sure they are serviced by caring representatives and make the employee feel like they are appreciated for something more than a commission check.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good company. Hard working and honest.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They value expertise and want people to know their customers well
    I was always encouraged to be honest with customers and contractors
    They take the values very seriously - particularly integrity
    Business has done well to rebound from the recession
    Strong management, listen to you and take things on board
    Friendly and professional. Everyone is welcome.

    Cons

    They still work Fridays every week. Most competitors don't now.
    You have to really push yourself if you want to progress. They want you to drive your own career. If you're not an A type personality, you may lose out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm very grateful for my time at the company. Overall, it's a good place to work. Talascend has a brain and a heart and that's rare. Maybe look at flexibility around Fridays. It's really important to the younger generation.

    Recommends

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